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Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

'Satanic Verses' author faced death threats, Iranian fatwa urging his killing

Writer Salman Rushdie spent about 10 years under police protection after Iran called for his execution in 1989.   © Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said.

After hours of surgery, Rushdie was on a ventilator and unable to speak on Friday evening after an attack condemned by writers and politicians around the world as an assault on the freedom of expression.

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